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Commentary from Industry Pros
Testing an Outage Management System (OMS) is a critical part of a successful implementation. Outage Management is a mission critical system where its greatest value comes when it is under great stress of a major storm.
One of the perennial questions on every environmentalist's mind is: Who killed the electric car? The consensus is that big oil killed it through its political connections in Washington DC.
Power utilities may significantly reduce operating costs and increase grid reliability if appropriate pricing signals or event notices are sent to assist the balancing of power supply and demand. By sending regional prices to energy-consuming devices in the home, it is possible to leverage and optimize the inherent energy storage and/or ability of appliances to modify consumption (with user cooperation) in real-time.
Smart Grid, Social Media, Big Data are words which are prevalent in every IT implementation in the utility space. Whenever we ask about the future of any utility the response will have these three words; in addition to those, one more word is included i.e. Real-Time. So let's try to define the utility of tomorrow.
With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) over and done with, shoppers are looking for new, useful, and innovative products that will make their lives easier, or at least more enjoyable. Although we did not attend the show, we did our research and came up with 10 gadgets that will make your home (and your lifestyle) more energy efficient. Take a look.
Electric and gas utilities are facing challenges as their business model evolves from serving ratepayers to engaging consumers. In an era of revenue decoupling, utility shareholder returns are no longer maximized by simply selling energy to the ratepayer.
Yes, we have all heard about the 3 V's of big data by now. Or the 4 V's or possibly 5 V's, depending on who you ask. However, I would argue the value of data isn't necessarily tied to the "volume" part of big data (unless of course you are a storage vendor, and then the value is all about volume and storage).
As we move into the second week of 2014, most of us start to veer away from our New Year's resolutions. (Who enjoys counting calories, anyway?) Instead, we shift our focus toward what's really important: the Winter Olympics! Hosting this year's Games is Sochi, Russia, and in order to arrange the best Olympic Games we've seen, the city needs to prepare for the masses.
The value of energy efficiency has been documented and expressed countless times. A recent example can be found in Energy Manager Today: "NY Property Owner Retrofits with LED's, Saves $300,000 Per Year".
Across the United States, the utility industry is facing increasing energy efficiency goals for 2014 and beyond. To achieve these goals, utilities must tap into the market segment that represents the greatest opportunity for energy savings over the next 10 years - the commercial building market.